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Brainworx bx_console SSL 4000 E by Plugin Alliance Review

Brainworx bx_console SSL 4000 E is an emulation of the famous Solid State LogicE Console used countless hit records.


The installation with the Plugin Alliance is straightforward, you select the products you ownin the companies installer tool and the tool download and installs all needed files.


Brainworx bx_console SSL 4000 E is an SSL console emulation. There are several in existence and available to buy as a software version. If you want to produce a track that has the vibe Solid State Logic analog consoles which have become the de-facto standard in studios worldwide, you may wonder which SSL plugin to select. More than dozens of plugin developer have released their version of an SSL emulation.

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With the bx_console SSL 4000 E you get the emulation of a full console to add that warm sound to your composition. You have access to Filters, Compressor, Expander / Gate Section, High Frequency (HF) Band, High-Mid Frequency (HMF) Band, Low-Mid Frequency (LMF) Band, Low Frequency (LF) Band, and a Master Section.

Beside it completeness when it comes to the full feature support of a whole console you get a very unique feature that emulates the old vintage hardware. When you look back at the old console which are hardware based you can have to keep in mind that those are not digital computer stations. The consoles are build using so called analog gear which means that the elements used are always unique and different to each other. The used components do age and change over time the outcoming tone. That is not possible with digital hardware solutions, those just stop working. One channel strip does not fully produce the same sound and tone as the channel strip besides it. With old gear this was one of the reasons why they always sound better and special. Tolerance Modeling Technology is the technology used in the plugin to emulate this.

With Tolerance Modeling Technology plugins from Brainworx can emulate variability of used and emulated component. This is where the whole magic beside the SSL sounds of this plugin is. You can apply the plugin to all your instruments tracks and within the plugin simply randomize the Tolerance Modeling Technology setting for all applied plugins. I would recommend to try out the random button as you get different results every time you press it.

Now to the sound of the SSL features emulated in this plugin. If you are looking to take a full blow SSL E console into your DAW at an attractive price (compare to the old console) you have found with the Brainworx SSL E console a exceptional SSL Console or Deck. The sound is exceptional And SSL like as expected by an SSL company endorsed plugin effect. I do recommend to apply the SSL console to all your main instruments tracks (use the Tolerance Modeling Technology feature) to add some vibe and glue to your tracks without even setting up each channel rack itself. Running sound through this plugin makes it sparkle a bit.

If you are interested in a full feature description there is an excellent manual available. The SSL deck emulates up to 72 channels and comes with an outstanding tone and SSL vibe. For your mixing tasks, bx_console E glows with an excellent sound and unique features.

User interface & Usability

The SSL E Emulation comes with a UI that reminds me of a modern SSL E console with some modern enhancements to make it look modern and fresh. The Plugin is also very CPU friendly and allows to be applied to all channels on a decent Computer without a drawback.

Brainworx bx_console SSL 4000 E Main UI

Rating:  Five out of five stars

Brainworx bx_console SSL 4000 E by Plugin Alliance adds the SSL tone to your tracks, with the Tolerance Modeling Technology for each plugin instance used in your mix it makes the analog experience comprehensive. Tolerance Modeling Technology is for us in the box mixer the feature that leaves many other competing products behind. Through Tolerance Modeling Technology you get very close to the sound of a real hardware console. bx_console SSL 4000 E sounds very much like analog with surprisingly low CPU load.

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Brainworx bx_console SSL 4000 E an SSL console Emulation by Plugin Alliance Review
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